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Goal Use

posted Mar 13, 2013, 5:02 PM by John Keenan   [ updated Dec 4, 2014, 10:19 PM by L Aeron ]

To ensure safety of our players, R35 has established following policy for goal use during practices, games and any other planned AYSO activities. Please read and understand the following policy. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the safety director at

1. Goals need to be anchored properly using stakes at all times. If the goal is not anchored down properly, DO NOT USE IT.  Please contact your equipment manager if you need stakes.
2. After the practice ends, store the goal away in the assigned location and lock it using the chain/combo lock provided. Do NOT leave the goal on the field under any circumstances. 
3. Do not allow your players to play, climb or hang on any part of the goal, even while anchored down. 
4. Do not ask or allow young players to move or carry the goals. Only coaches, parents and older players should move the goals.
4. Inform the safety director ( immediately if you see any issues with the goals (rusted, jagged, sharp points or edges etc.)
Current Status of goals
  • Stevens Creek - 2 sets of goals (U10 size), both locked by a single lock. The combo is 4937.
  • Regnart - 1 set of goals locked, the combo is 4937.
  • Kennedy - 3 sets of goal, both locked, combo for both locks is 4937.

Coaching with AYSO Cupertino

posted Jan 23, 2013, 9:53 PM by John Keenan   [ updated Dec 4, 2014, 10:26 PM by L Aeron ]

Hello Coaches and Assistant Coaches,

Welcome to our AYSO Soccer Season.  First of all, THANK YOU very much for signing up and volunteering your time to coach our young players.  Like ours we know that your time is precious especially here in the valley, but we also know that the enjoyment and satisfaction that you'll have working with our youth will be totally worth it.  There are many important volunteer roles in AYSO but without you guys stepping up and helping out, our kids simply wouldn't get to play and enjoy the game, so again thank you very much.

This email will hopefully explain what you have to do before you take to the field with our kids. CupAYSO will be sending regular updates on other topics and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to seek out and get whatever assistance you need, but we absolutely have to have you all authorized to take the field before we have you work directly with our kids.  So please take a couple of minutes to read through the rest of this email and then find some time on your schedules to take the appropriate action.

1. Confirmation that you will indeed be a coach or assistant coach for our kids this season.
We will be finalizing the number of teams in each division based on the number of coaches that have signed up. It is very important for you to tell us asap if your circumstances have changed or if you didn't mean to sign up as a coach in the first place. It would also be nice if you mail our div managers back just to confirm that you're still on for coaching.

2. Volunteer Forms.
Every volunteer must submit a new or updated volunteer form every year.  Our year runs from Fall through Spring.  If you have not yet submitted your form for this year (either last Fall or this Spring) then please work with Ann at and Satheesh at to get your form processed.

3. Safe Haven Training.
Every Coach/Assistant Coach must complete AYSO Safe Haven Training.  This training not only teaches you about working with young adults, it also provides guidance and education relating to injury prevention and what to do in the event of a player getting injured.  The other valuable aspect of this certification is that it protects you from liability under the Volunteer Protection Act (as long as you are fully certified for the job that you are performing and as long as you are adhering to the policies and guidelines of AYSO).
You only need to complete this course once in your coaching career, so if you've already taken it you do not need to take it again.
The course is available online at and you'll need to know your ayso id before trying to log in to that site.  Your id can be found by logging in to the site using the userid and password that you used to create/submit your volunteer form.  The online class takes about 30 - 40 minutes to complete but pay attention during the class as there is a test at the end ;)

4. Coach Certification.
All coaches and assistant coaches must have completed coach certification for the division that they will be coaching in.  This training is offered on different dates in Jan, Feb and March here in Cupertino and also in neighboring regions (West San Jose and Saratoga).  A full schedule of coach certifications plus signup instructions can be found on the training calendar here.  U6 and U8 training only takes two hours, U10 runs for about three hours and U12 runs for about five hours.  Intermediate and Advanced Coach certification is usually run over two days and for those of you who may be interested, we do offer a National Coach certification that is run over the course of a week usually held in July down in Southern Cal.

Please feel free to contact if you have any questions on any of this.  I'll be more than happy to help you out whatever way possible.  Also, all of these items are tracked in the ayso database and attached to your volunteer record but, honestly, it is a big hassle for me to monitor so please take the responsibility on yourself to get these forms and certifications in place, that way it will allow me to spend more time helping you to get ready to take the field instead of running around chasing administrative stuff.  I hope you understand ;)

Thanks again for volunteering, I'm sure that we're going to have a fantastic and very rewarding season.

All CupAYSO Volunteers

Ear rings

posted Sep 2, 2012, 11:27 AM by John Keenan

Here is a note of clarification from Rex (our Ref Admin) regarding players who wear ear rings. 

It is NEVER okay to wear any jewelry during soccer, practice or game.  The AYSO Safe Haven training is very specific on this matter.
   A soccer ball moves very fast, and a ball strike on the ear can either tear the ear, or the stud can scratch/be poked into the neck area.  Either one makes a really bloody (and painful) mess, and you'd never want that to happen on your watch.
   And reassure your parents, holes do not close up in one or two hours, so just take them out for the duration of the game or practice and put them back in.  If they refuse, they will be asked to just sit out that game/practice/week.  Period.  All of the referees have also been instructed to be very strict on this, and yes, I know parents will tell you it's not a big deal, but AYSO is very strict on this.  (See for example the AYSO Guidance to Refs, Coaches, and Volunteers).
   The only jewelry allowed during play is a Medic-alert bracelet, which must be taped down so that a finger can't get under it (to get hurt) but so that the alert is still viewable.
   For some religious items, such as prayer strings, if not removeable these must be secured with tape so that a finger cannot get under them.

Oh, one more thing for the legally minded.  The Volunteer Protection Act only protects you from liability when you are trained and follow that training.  Protection with AYSO legal and Insurance coverage for our volunteers is only guaranteed when we follow our stated rules such as Safe Haven training rules.  (I hate to bring that up, but sometimes that can be used to convince otherwise unconvinced parents) 

Let's keep the game (and practices) Safe, Fair, and Fun, and see you on the pitch!
Rex Wright
Region 35 Referee Administrator

Getting ready for Fall

posted May 28, 2012, 12:48 PM by John Keenan

Hey Coaches, first of all, I just want to say a big THANK YOU to each and every one of you for stepping up and coaching our kids this season.  Hopefully all of you have seen your players make progress throughout the season and hopefully you can all look back at some point in the season where you brought a smile and a giggle to each player on your team.  Well done and on behalf of our kids and your board, thank you!

Now comes the end of season plea!  We need more help!  I need more help! Please have a look through the following items and send me a response even if your answer is all no's so that I'll not be left wondering.

I need to know if you plan/do not plan on coaching again in the fall.  If you're going to coach, then please let me know which division.
I need to know if you are interested in taking intermediate or advanced coaching during Golden Gate Camp (July 20/22 in Menlo Park).
I need to know if you are interested in becoming a Coach Instructor this summer (course will be at Golden Gate Camp).
I'd like to know if you are interested in helping out with other region level activities (coach mentor, coach admin, us soccer liaison, equipment manager, practice field coordinator, division management).
Finally, if you have constructive feedback that you'd like to share with me then feel free to drop me a line.

Thanks again coaches.  Enjoy your last game of the season next weekend and have a great summer.


English FA opt for small-sided games

posted May 28, 2012, 11:19 AM by John Keenan

The Football Association of England are now seeing the light.  Growth and development of soccer skills in youth players can only be achieved by playing small-sided games.  Too bad that its going to take them a couple of years to implement what we already have!

Youth Development proposals get go-ahead

FA Shareholders today voted in new Youth Development proposals by an overwhelming 87 per cent majority.

The Shareholders, present at today’s AGM at Wembley, voted to bring in a new player pathway for football to include a mandatory 5v5 format of football for U7s and U8s and a 9v9 format for U11 and U12s to be phased in by season 2014-15.

The changes passed have been developed over a number of years, with research and over two years of consultation across the game.

Nick Levett, National Development Manager, said: “After 138 roadshows nationwide it was fantastic to get the endorsement of the majority of the grassroots football community.

“These changes are a massive step forward for the future of children’s football in this country.”

Introducing 5v5 for U7s and U8s, with progression to 7v7 and then 9v9, allows the children to play on appropriate size pitches and with appropriate size goals.

The smaller pitch and number of players allows greater number of touches of the ball and involvement in the game, helping develop greater technical skills at a lower age.

The move will also bring a more child friendly approach to competition, breaking up the eight-month long adult based season into smaller periods of competition which encourage increased learning.

The proposed changes to the player pathway and competition framework if approved go hand in hand with the FA Coaching philosophy, as outlined in the FA Future Game, which gives clear guidance on how the game should be played and coached, this philosophy is embedded in The FA coaching courses, and in our own FA Tesco skills coaching programme.

Great Meeting Last Night

posted Mar 9, 2012, 12:47 PM by John Keenan

Thanks a lot to the 42 coaches who attended last night's coaches meeting.  We reviewed the plans for the season, handed out team rosters and assigned practice fields.  The slides from the meeting are posted on the "Coach Files" page on our website.
If you missed the meeting and need to get a hold of your player forms please contact your division manager (names and contact info is on the Board Info page on our website).

Coaches should now be contacting their players letting them know when practices will start.

Check back here for more info and/or follow me (@region35coach) on twitter.

Good Luck!

Quick Update

posted Mar 4, 2012, 11:40 AM by John Keenan   [ updated Mar 4, 2012, 11:40 AM ]

U8+ Division Managers are working on team formation right now.
Mandatory Coaches Meeting (U5/U6 coaches need not attend) will be at the Union Church this Thursday night (7:30 to 9:30).  Rosters will be finalized. Practice Fields will be assigned on a first come first served basis.
We held U6, U8 and U10 Coach Certification Classes in Cupertino yesterday and many Cupertino Coaches attended.  Please check out the Region 35 Calendar for dates and times of all future classes in the Area.

Keep an eye on this part of our website for more info ... more templates (like intro email for new teams, parent meeting agenda, team volunteer positions, etc)

Dates set for PCSSL Tryouts

posted Dec 27, 2011, 9:47 PM by John Keenan   [ updated Dec 27, 2011, 9:47 PM ]

Tryouts will be held on Saturday January 7th from 2pm to 4pm at Kennedy Middle School.  The following coaches have signed up to help out.

U10 Boys:  
Brent, David Ha, Sayan Lahiri, Vinod Anupam

U10 Girls
Dipankar Sarkar

U12 Boys
Milo C, Azam Rahman

U12 Girls
Jerome Pereira, Milo C

U14 Boys
Ganesh B, Kishore C

U14 Girls
John K, Tom Pyle

Final Call for PCSSL Coaches

posted Dec 18, 2011, 1:49 PM by John Keenan   [ updated Dec 18, 2011, 1:49 PM ]

Hey Coaches!  We need to finalize the coaches for Spring PCSSL (U10 through U19).   More info regarding PCSSL in our region can be found (here). 

So far the following coaches have expressed interest but now is the time to commit. 
Brent Haines, Jerome Pereira, Milo, Sayan Lahiri, David Ha, Ron Yu, Richard Charette, Me, Tom Pyle.

Drop me an email by the end of this weekend (Sunday night) if you are prepared to coach or assist a PCSSL team.

We'll follow up with all coaches next week and will figure out how to run the tryouts and pick the teams.


Section Tournament

posted Dec 11, 2011, 8:29 PM by John Keenan   [ updated Dec 11, 2011, 8:29 PM ]

Well done to Coach Niki's team, The Zombies on taking third place in the U10 Boys division.  This was a fantastic result.  Big shout out to my own team, The Azzuri, for also coming third in the U14G division.  Hopefully we'll get some more teams in to the Section Tournament next year and maybe we can even get a winner!

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